Shopping - American style
One of the necessary evils associated with vacationing in the USA is stocking up on items, such as shoes, shirts, jeans, etc., because I'm too much of a miser to pay French prices. European friends have used all kinds of arguments about buying locally and supporting the economy of the country in which I live to try to convince me to change my ways, but I simply can't do it. Inertia kicks in whenever I gaze through the window of a store in Paris and see a simple pair of flats for 100 Euros. I just can't bring myself to cross the threshold and plunk down that much money for something that I know that I can find for a quarter of the price at Marshalls or at one of the factory outlet malls.
The other problem is that since I know that I'm only spending a fraction of what I would in Paris, I invariably end up buying two pairs of shoes instead of just one because I'm saving so much money. So, where does that leave me at the end of the day? Trying to stuff everything in my suitcase and wondering how it's all going to fit in my closet back home.
We're currently en route to Boston. Did you know that they don't have a state sales tax on clothes in Massachusetts?
And just in case you need some evidence that I occasionally support the French economy, please read my post about shopping for an Hermes scarf.